UKZN SHOWS POSSIBILITIES OF SCIENCE
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene and Venal Naidu
The Science and Technology Education Centre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) held a Science Exposition in commemoration of National Science Week.
Hundreds of students from various schools around Durban gathered at the centre throughout the week to partake in the museum tours, the geology lab experiments as well as scientific experiments.
Miss Dlamini from Chesterville High School was very happy with the programme that UKZN planned.
“This was an eye-opener for the students to excel in their studies and take them seriously. They now understand that they will be competing with other students from different schools to be considered into the science field,” said Dlamini.
Dr Egerton Hingston, a lecturer in rock engineering at the campus, fascinated students by showing them different types of rocks. The lesson learnt by students was a rare one considering that only two universities in the country offer rock engineering.
“A lot of students are not taught geology in high schools but I do hope when they came here their eyes were opened to different fields of science and technology. I hope they are encouraged to be better young scientist or geologist,” Hingston added.
Dr Tanja Reinhardt, coordinator and organiser of the event, said that this week was really a good opportunity for students to pick their future career paths.
Reinhardt also emphasised that in order to be a scientist, you have to have a love for it and hoped that this outreach project will help many students develop that love.
“We were very excited about this science week and having the students at the science museum and exposing them to different science and technology. They can also learn that science is fun they don’t have to be afraid of it. After all, it’s important for your daily life,” said Reinhard.
The centre will continue to conduct outreach projects from the 5th – 7th September to various schools across KwaZulu-Natal.
*Caption- Dr Tanja Reinhardt sets her hand alight with the help of a student in attendance during a scientific experiment.